Legal DNA Testing
Choose a Legal Paternity Test that is Certified and Accredited
A legal DNA test is the most conclusive method for establishing proof of identity. The unique DNA profiling obtained from DNA testing is useful as legal documentation for child custody and support, adoption, immigration, divorce, or other legal needs.
In order for DNA test results to be legally defensible, they must be conducted by a certified lab that follows strict chain-of-custody requirements. The lab must also collect the sample to be tested and verify the identity of the participant. Once the lab receives your sample, the specimens are divided between two DNA forensic teams. Each team simultaneously processes your DNA in two separate genetic analyzers. The two teams carefully record every step in the process to ensure that all samples are properly identified so they can track every phase of your test in real time. For these reasons, home DNA testing is not legally admissible due to lack of proof of identity and cannot be substituted for a legal paternity test.
A Legal Paternity Test Provides Access to Legal Rights
A legal paternity test can establish biological paternity and provides access to many legal rights. DNA evidence is accepted by courts nationwide as definitive identity documentation. By using accredited DNA laboratory services with a record of 100% accuracy, you strengthen your legal claims.
Our DNA paternity testing lab has an impeccable reputation as a premier DNA testing center with AABB certification for legal parentage testing and ASCLD forensic testing accreditation. It is the only lab in the country (DDC) that utilizes two different DNA analyzers to verify your results – virtually eliminating any chance of error. The lab is also accredited by the New York State Department of Health, CLIA, the College of American Pathologists, and ACLASS Accreditation Services.
Courts and government entities recognize a legal DNA paternity test for the following purposes:
- Immigration requirements
- Establishing parental rights for the collection of social security or child support benefits
- Determining parental custody
- Confirming paternity or maternity
- Proof of parentage for adoptions
- Authentication for insurance purposes
- Changing or adding a father’s name to a child’s birth certificate
Legal Paternity Test Results You Can Trust
We guarantee the accuracy of every legal paternity test in writing. Our legal DNA paternity testing is 100 times more discriminating than the industry standard. We collect twice as many samples and run each twice. We also test up to 29 markers (with a minimum of 15) and use the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art genetic analyzers to ensure your test is completely accurate. Laboratory scientists verify the results of each legal DNA paternity test for 100% accuracy.
Where is a Legal Paternity Test Conducted?
A legal DNA paternity test is painless and non-invasive. Since the participant’s identity must be verified, the test is conducted at one of 6,000 clinics nationwide. The national average for one of our convenient clinics is within 8 miles of your location.
The test involves a simple cheek swab to collect a tiny bit of tissue. The sample is sent to the labs, and results are usually available within 48 hours after we receive your DNA test.
Call our office to talk with one of our DNA case managers to find out more about legal DNA paternity test advantages.